A sense of propriety – personal, cultural, institutional – is among the dearest casualties of our age, which is one of industrial individualism and highly managed hydroponic rootlessness. Nowhere has the sense of propriety been more conspicuous by its absence, than in the recent contretemps occasioned by the release to the public of a letter by the distinguished theologian, Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap, and exacerbated by the inept response of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Images: details from Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s “Allegories of Good and Bad Government”
Fr. Weinandy’s stature as a public thinker in the Church makes him qualified to register concerns regarding the conduct of the Church’s pastors, including the hierarchical leadership of the Church generally and extending even to the Holy Father in particular. His institutional position, however, is one that arguably ought to have given him more pause than it evidently did, for…
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